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Bistro Gets Visit from Homeland Security Secretary

Janet Napolitano stopped by for lunch during her tour of the New Jersey Shore.

Between stops on her tour of New Jersey's hurricane-damaged coast, United States Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and her entourage of FEMA officials and Secret Service agents stopped by the Bistro at Red Bank for a lunch Friday afternoon. 

Napolitano had reportedly finished up a press conference as well as a tour of parts of Middletown and northern Monmouth County and was en route to shore points when she stopped for lunch. 

"It was a high honor to have her here," an excited Bistro Co-Owner George Lystris said Friday night. "It was one our high points, for sure."

Lyristis said members of the Secret Service came to the Bistro the day before to scope out the place before presumably giving it the OK. He and his staff were also asked not to mention the visit until later Friday, for security reasons.

About seven people joined Napolitano for lunch, Lyristis said, while Secret Service agents waited outside. Lyristis said he believes Napolitano ordered the duck salad.

A member of President Barack Obama's cabinet and one of the world's most powerful women, Napolitano took the opportunity to ask Lystris if his business and and Red Bank had fared well following Hurricane Sandy. 

"I told her Sandy's got nothing on us," Lyristis said.

Bonnie Winters Akey November 17, 2012 at 03:04 AM
You can always count on Charlie's family to hook you up!
Renee Michelle Moreau November 17, 2012 at 02:08 PM
"Lyristis said he believes Napolitano ordered the duck salad." That's really all I wanted to know! She's got excellent taste. Good to know you guys passed inspection by the MIB. Way to go, George!
George Lyristis November 17, 2012 at 02:23 PM
just to clarify when I said "Sandy's got nothing on us" I was referring to our spirit of giving and rebuilding and not giving up. We are still collecting items at teak so please feel free if you dont have time to go to a shelter or just don't know where to take we will find one for you. Last shipment went to Lunch Break who is giving it out to nearby shelters as well as our Red Bank friends.
Dentss Dunnagun November 17, 2012 at 08:46 PM
No that's not true George ....rumor has it you are hording Hotess Twinkies and Ms Napolitano wanted to do a search and seizure

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